This ‘n That

Big weekend. Hubby and I did some projects together, some individually.

Cleaned the fish pond.

Put license plate collection up.

Moved barrels to open up squirrel hunting. Put down a trap.

Took time to appreciate the flowers. 

Check out curly.All the variations of the Four O’clock plant.. I’m in awe. The scent is pure perfume.

Frank found homes from our last excavation in the desert..red lava, bottles..mingled it in with rocks and metal.

Headlights, railroad rails, railroad ties, railroad spikes.

Shadow is keeping eye out for bunnies and squirrels.

Took a break inside to polish silver. $5 find, plated silver fruit bowl. 

Back outside, taking stock of drought victims.

Mosey back to worm bed. Admiring last week’s work.

Still thinking about making it deeper. I’ll probably go down to double the depth. Make it easier to turn the compost and have a lot of wonderful nutrient rich soil.

Last two projects of the weekend involve Flex Seal, in a can. This PVC pipe goes from the driveway to the garden beds. I don’t want to use pvc glue, because I can smell the glue, in the water, for over 6 week’s after application. I don’t want that in my soil or food.

Used green scrub to scratch up the pipe, for adhesion. The paint dries on the quick side, so I moved as quickly as I could. If the  lid is left off too long, it will form skim. 

The mess is easy clean up. Wipes right off my hands. Use mineral spirits to clean the brush. Easy.

24-48 hour cure. Will be safe for drinking.

The TV commercial for Flex Seal advertises that you can dip tool handles in for nice, smooth grip. Putting it to the test. 

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D-fence and D-shed.

Last Thursday I just kind-of lost it.

I’ll have periods where I’m ignoring and pondering something on the property, and then all of a sudden, I get out the tools and “fix that dang thing, for once and for all!”

That day, it was the plants at the gate. While I was in a good mood, I attacked the shed door next.

The plants line the opening portion of the driveway, to the north-ish.  However, when I open the gate to get the car through, I always have to fight the plants a bit, to keep the gate open.

The electric hedge trimmer required four extension cords, from the house to the gate.  The trimmer came with the property.  I think the blades need sharpening, as the work took longer than expected.

I forgot to take the “before” photo.

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There’s the mangling I did.

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I can almost open the gate as wide as I want, but this is much better.

By the by, below is a short video of the coolest thing that Frank did to the gate. He fixes things so that they work with the least amount of effort.

Little Effort

The trimmer is stored in the shed.  The shed door gets hung up when it’s opened and closed.  I spent about an hour trimming the bottom of it..just right.  Used a cool tool that I bought with Mom at Harbor Freight (some guys tried to pick us up there – ha!).
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See the stacked bricks at the bottom of the door?  I put them there to cover up the hole that the rats were working on.  I began applying wood putty to it, however it was going to take too long to build it. I had to leave that project and think about it more.

Yesterday Frank noticed the shed door opened easier.  He gave the door a quick fix of the hole that the rats have been working on. WHOO-HOO! It’s great when a marriage works like that.

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To be continued…